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Flanders Make member event at Siemens PLM Software

On 29 March we organise our annual network event for our members. The host of this edition is Siemens PLM Software (Interleuvenlaan 68, 3001 Leuven). 

The theme of this edition is autonomous systems. Vehicle automisation is high on the industrial agenda and is an important pillar of the research that we conduct. Flemish companies play an important part and often focus on niche applications such as public transportation, utility vehicles, cleaning vehicles, garbage trucks, forklift trucks, lawn mowers, agricultural vehicles and so on. We've invited three guests who will each highlight a different aspect of vehicle automisation as well as elaborate on their vision on autonomy. 

Siemens was one of the partners in a project on selfdriving busses (watch the video here). The project has finished but the developped technologies are now being transformed into concrete products and services by the project partners. The developped demonstrator vehicle serves as an open research platform to further introduce vehicle and system automisation in the Flemish companies, providing them with a competitive advantage. After the presentations, Siemens will give a tour of their facilities and tell us more about the automisation trajectory that we have collaborated on. We close with a network drink. 


15h30 Welcome

16h00 Introduction 
By Dirk Torfs, CEO, Flanders Make
By Jan Leuridan, CEO, Siemens PLM Software NV & Exec VP Simulation and Testing Solutions

16h10 Supporting the digital transformation of the manufacturing industry
By Dirk Torfs, CEO, Flanders Make

The challenge for autonomous systems is substantial. They will only be accepted if we can fully trust them. A prerequisite for success is the availability of smart sensors, computational power and learning & decision making capabilities as well as the (inter)connectivity of the vehicles, machines and tools to be used. Multi-context adaptability can be targeted now, enabling safe, robust and adaptable products to become intelligent actors fitting in agile environments. With its renewed research strategy, Flanders Make remains committed to support the manufacturing industry in its journey to continuously innovate at a high speed and to embrace and support the digital transformation of the industry.

16h30 SimcenterTM: The Digital Innovation Platform to realize the Performance Digital Twin
By Jan Leuridan, CEO, Siemens PLM Software NV & Exec VP Simulation and Testing Solutions

The Digital Twin, for product creation, realization and utilization, is the state of the art approach companies follow to deliver innovation. Digitally mirroring the product in all its physical aspects over its entire lifecycle can present several advantages, such as more effective development, better manufacturing precision, smart product behavior and many more. The Simcenter simulation and testing solutions portfolio, built on the legacy of LMS solutions, CD-Adapco, Tass and others, allows manufacturers to create and maintain a Digital Twin in support of product engineering. This one will allow simultaneous optimization of various performance aspects from the very beginning of the design cycle,  by providing an integrated view on the product, including software and controls.

16h50 Autonomous Vehicle Research and Test Infrastructure 
By Bert Paquet, Cluster Manager Motion Products, Flanders Make

Within the competence cluster Motion Products, Flanders Make is leveraging past and planned research in the area of functional safety, path planning, control and ADAS information functions to enable the Flemish industry to level up on future evolutions. Focusing on self-driving buses for public transport, a research platform for self-driving vehicles is available that will place Flemish technology in the international spotlights. The platform will allow Flemish OEMs, TIER1, infrastructure, component and service provides to research and provide a proof of concept of their products on system level.

17h10 Development and validation of Automated Driving and Integrated Safety systems
By Gwen van Vugt, Director Mobility Center, TASS International

TASS International’s vision is that the most effective way to develop and validate automated driving systems is by using a combination of simulation, laboratory experiments and real-world testing. Simulation results are used to define the physical experiments, whereas experimental results are used to validate the simulations. Our methodology and tool-suite enables our customers to validate automated driving systems at a much earlier stage and for much smaller investments. In addition to this, TASS International also provides a wide range of engineering and consultancy services for automated vehicle development.

17h30 Connected Automated Driving: from the near to the full potential
By Maurice Kwakkernaat, Programme Manager Automated Driving and Integrated Vehicle Safety, TNO 

TNO is convinced that the full potential of automated driving can only be achieved using cooperative and connected automated technology. TNO is playing an important role in cooperative vehicle automation and safety assessment, acting as a valuable research, development and knowledge partner, with unique expertise, tools and research facilities for many automotive OEMs and TIER1 suppliers in the world. We are focusing on connected automated driving applications, enabling technologies and assessment methodologies with the goal to accelerate development and deployment of automated driving.

17h50 Conclusions
By Dirk Torfs, CEO, Flanders Make

18h00 Tour of the demonstrators and network drink 

20h00 End


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29/03/2018 -
15:30 to 20:00
Siemens PLM Software, Interleuvenlaan 68, 3001 Leuven